When exactly was it that Harrison Ford "jumped the shark"?  

rm_CauseISaidSo 48F
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12/29/2005 11:00 am

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When exactly was it that Harrison Ford "jumped the shark"?

(and can we come up with a replacement phrase for 'jump the shark', which has itself..well..jumped it. LOL. )

Because, you know what...Harrison Ford has been putting out formulaic, disposable crap for years now. Tonight I again saw the trailer for his latest piece of shit movie, Firewall, one of those, "you've seen the trailer, you've seen the movie too", type projects. And he used to be someone whose movies I would run out to see!

He was on a roll in the 70's and 80's..Han Solo, American Graffiti, Indiana Jones, Working Girl, Mosquito Coast, then he continued his stride with a block of hits in the 90's including Presumed Innocent, Patriot Games, The Fugitive, Clear And Present Danger..Air Force One was ok..but borderline cliche. Was his downhill slide foretold with Regarding Henry? Or was it with Sabrina, then The Devil's Own that he started to freefall? Followed closely by Six Days Seven Nights, Random Hearts, Hollywood Homicide, What Lies Beneath..(at least he tried to play something different here, so I will give him half a prop for that.) In K-19 The Widowmaker, another in his string of bombs, he was laughed at for for trying (badly) to play a Russian. Is he just boredly collecting (20 million dollar) paychecks these days?

I miss COOL Harrison making GOOD project choices. His next movie, Firewall, looks like complete caca! According to IMDB, besides that one, Ford also has Godspeed, Manhunt, and, (we all know), Indiana Jones 4 next up on his plate. I really hope it gets better.

Fairy_Gothmother 41F

12/29/2005 12:53 pm

Regarding Henry is probably the best movie he's made outside of the Star Wars and Indiana Jones series.

Air Force One, The Fugitive, Patriot Games... formulaic at best (although the "I'm making you Postmaster General" quote was good race relations ); everything else was downhill after that.

I just hope Indiana Jones 4 is better than #3....

rm_blaze906 55M

12/29/2005 5:56 pm

I agree Harrison Ford has slipped in movies as of late. Even though he took over the role as Jack Ryan. I would have liked to see Alec Baldwin stay with it.We are on our third Jack Ryan. I also seen the trailer for Firewall and it apprears to be another Hostage (Bruce Willis) or Air Force One. I don't expect Firewall or Godsend to be any better. But I am hoping Manhunt starts Harrison Ford on track but Manhunt being a Historical movie (the search for John Wilkes Booth)Directors sometimes take the liberty of running off track of the facts.

rm_greg10036 66M

2/13/2006 6:31 pm

It is difficult for an actor to get older in the business, because with age, the character type changes and it might be difficult to find roles that fit the current type. Harrison Ford is a bankable actor and there are many people always trying to convince him to play a lead role in their film. It is also difficult for an A list lead actor to step down to strong supporting roles. Some have done so successfully, most not. But in the strong supporting role, you would probably find Harrison Ford doing his best work at this stage in his career. Lest we forget, his breakout was with a strong supporting role in an ensemble cast, as Han Solo, in Star Wars. Then he did Bladerunner and the dye was cast as a lead actor. The rest is film history.

rm_skymastersen 56M
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3/21/2006 12:19 am

ok causelsaidso did you notice or is it just me that no one who replied to that question has a fuckin clue as to what you meant by jump the shark..............he plainly jumped in hollywood homo on the side............i am stiil going down as a big fan of his. now lets talk about Kevin Costner how great is he but still he jumped too i mean Silverado Robinhood Field of Dreams and my all time favorite The Bodygaurd..."i dont want to talk about this again" in the kitchen but what is he giving us now I wont even discuss Patrick Swhatshisname.............well if the Fonz hadda jump they all gotta jump.............skymastersen

greatnsexy69 47M

3/25/2006 7:41 pm

Let me quote someone else only because she says it so much better than I could:

“If I must use myself, won’t I be the same in every part I play?” The question calls to mind the “personality” actor who is really the same in every part he plays. Examples of this type clog the stage, screen and television. Because they are always the same does not mean that they are truly using themselves. They are simply playing the identical few notes in themselves over and over again without a real search or selection from themselves. Often, after an initial success, these “personality” actors simply copy from themselves, imitating moments and effects which have worked for them before. They rely on a quality which they feel has worked with an audience, and end up playing “the manner of” themselves in as tiresome a way as another actor playing “the quality of” the character.

Uta Hagen, Respect for Acting

Personally I think most actors in hollywood are like this.

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